An agricultural engineer has circumnavigated the coasts of Devon and Cornwall in a vintage tractor.

John Foale undertook the epic challenge to raise funds for the counties' air ambulance trusts.

It took the 77-year-old 12 days, travelling around 60 miles each day.

The convoy comprised a Leyland 262 tractor (The “Beast”), a Ford 3000 tractor, two WW2 Willys Jeeps, and two support vehicles - and other vehicles joined for various sections of the route.

John said: "It has been an unforgettable experience for all involved. Most importantly it promoted the air ambulance cause and was a reminder of what a beautiful part of the world we have on our doorstep."

South West Farmer:

Setting out from in Aveton Gifford early on Saturday, June 4, John and the team headed west, closely following the route of the South West Coast Path. The first day saw the team travel through Plymouth, across the Torpoint Ferry, on to Looe, finishing just outside Polperro.

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Travelling about 60 miles per day, and camping each night, the team followed the coast via Portscatho, Lizard Point, Coverack, Land’s End, St Ives and St Minver, arriving in time to spend two days at the Royal Cornwall Show at Wadebridge.

The team at Cornwall Air Ambulance made John very welcome, and his restored 40-year-old Leyland 262 tractor was parked next to their stand for both days.

After the show, the team continued the journey along the rugged north coast via Boscastle, Bude, Bideford, and down the infamous, brake-warming Porlock Hill.

The convoy turned southwards, following the Devon/Somerset border to Tiverton and Branscombe on the south coast. The last two days were along the south coast through Exmouth and Torbay to Stoke Gabriel. The last day was a short run, finishing at the Fisherman’s Rest in Aveton Gifford at lunchtime on Wednesday, June 15.

Some outstanding coastal views were experienced by the troupe, albeit the weather was mixed. The route was mostly along minor roads. Many back lanes were challenging and were expertly negotiated by the tractor drivers including a 30 per cent gradient and several hairpin bends which were not designed for vehicles with wide trailers.

The adventure raised more than £2,000 for the air ambulance trusts.